By Brett Mullins
Directed by Paddy Breathnach; Written by Pearse Elliott
It’s not difficult to imagine how a trip on shrooms could produce terrifying results. Director Paddy Breathnach melds these drugs with a rampaging killer, disturbed locals and a talking cow in this hallucinogenic experience.
Six individuals trek into an eerie forest in Ireland with the goal of obtaining some mushrooms and flying high for a few days. Jake, who serves as the guide, warns of a specific type of ‘shroom that is black on the tip of the cap. Lore tells that these allow the user to have premonitions of the future and other unfortunate side effects. As luck would have it, one camper eats one and begins to see the deaths of her fellow campmates by some unknown figure.
The first element the audience will notice about this film is the actors. While not featuring any big budget names, the film’s lead, Lindsey Haun, greatly resembles Kirsten Dunst. In addition to this, Jake, portrayed by Jack Huston, appears to resemble a mixture of Johnny Depp and Russell Brand.
The suspense and tension are built well against the ominous forest setting. The hundreds of trees and always present darkness set a passive tone of claustrophobia that builds farther as the film progresses, especially once people begin to die.
Shrooms is much more spooky than scary and only provides a few quality thrills. It still manages to be an enjoyable watch, however, and keeps the audience guessing without too much confusion. On a final note, one scene features a talking cow that, alone, makes the film worth watching.